Stage 1 Evening Skills Intensive Course (17 January to 11 April 2019)

Join us at the Society of Genealogists’ popular Thursday evening course to develop your family history skills. Wanting to know about our own family’s history is a very natural feeling. Understanding what shaped our ancestors’ lives makes history come alive and helps us see our place in it. Most of us enjoy meeting and learning from expert genealogists and we find others’ ancestry almost as fascinating as our own.

The Society of Genealogists offer Family History Skills for anyone that is interested in genealogy and wants to explore their family history. In a carefully, well rounded curriculum, our Tutors introduce the records that count and help you use them effectively.

There are no specific requirements or special knowledge needed for you to attend Stage 1. The classes are ideal for people wanting to be better at building their family tree and for anyone thinking about becoming a genealogist. You can expect an entertaining and enjoyable experience. 

The programme can be viewed on 

1    17-Jan Getting Started 
2    24-Jan Family sources and assessing evidence
3    31-Jan Civil Registration records of births, marriages and deaths
4    7-Feb Victorian and Edwardian census returns
5    14-Feb The Armed Forces and Merchant Navy in the 20th Century
6    21-Feb Probate records
7    28-Feb First steps at The National Archives Kew
8    7-Mar Parish Registers
9    14-Mar Newspapers, directories and voting records
10   21-Mar Non-Anglican family History
11   28-Mar Name-rich sources in the 18th century
12   4-Apr The British Overseas
13   11-Apr Records of the poor


With course tutors Else Churchill, John Hanson, Simon Fowler, Antony Marr and Alec Tritton.

Thursday evenings for 13 weeks. Cost £225.00/£180.00 SoG members.Places should be pre-booked, through our website, by telephone: 020 7553 3290 (Tue-Thur & Sat) or by posting the booking form available on our website with payment. Do you have a question? email the events department.

Note we also offer a follow-up Stage 2 course (5 Sep to 5 Dec) which covers the records and techniques that professional genealogists use to take their research further.

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